Earlier in the season, we had a lesser-known song from Tom Lehrer about Hanukkah, with his "Hanukkah in Santa Monica." Just to round things out a bit, here's another early lesser-known holiday song of his, from the album, An Evening Wasted with Tom Lehrer". Here is "A Christmas Carol."
Side Note: Back in this post here, I wrote about how when the movie musical Scrooge, was released, its composer Leslie Bricusse told about how they had done research and had found that no song had ever been written called, "A Christmas Carol," and so he wrote the first one for the movie. And I noted that in a 1956 TV adaptation of the very same Dickens story, which they called The Stingiest Man in Town," they had a song, "A Christmas Carol." And now, here's yet another song with the same title, three years after that. (Though this song is "little-known," Tom Lehrer has and had a big following, and this album was not obscure.) I like the movie Scrooge and its score. But even given that this was in the days before the Internet, Leslie Bricusse needed better researchers. Indeed, I suspect if one doesn't even try to hard, one could find a bunch of others.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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